An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Ottawa South United Sports Club, Ottawa, ON, Canada on 11 August. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 14:20 UTC.
The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and W6SRJ. The contact should be audible over the west coast of the U.S. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.
Ottawa South United (OSU) is a soccer club based in Canada's capital, Ottawa. With some 6300 members, it is the largest as well as one of the most successful soccer clubs in Ottawa and the Province of Ontario. OSU was created in January 2003 through the merger of the historic clubs of South Nepean United (SNU) and Osgoode Rideau Soccer Association (ORSA).
Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:
1. What do you do to keep fit on board ISS? 2. What is the best way to stay fit in space? 3. Do astronauts feel older when they return to earth after 6 months in
space? 4. What do you do when you return to earth to regain muscle strength and
mass? 5. Is your life shortened the more time you spend in space? 6. Do your body organs suffer any ill effects in space? 7. Can you injure muscles or joints in zero gravity? 8. Is your diet on board the same as on earth? 9. If you have back pain on earth, would you still have that pain on the
space station? 10. Are you loosing weight on this mission? 11. Has anyone tried swimming in zero gravity? 12. What kind of sports could be played in zero gravity? 13. How far can a person throw an object using his/her own strength in space? 14. Is eye coordination affected by a zero gravity environment? 15. Is the heart affected by an extended stay on the ISS? 16. Do you need to drink more water to stay hydrated while in space? 17. Is blood pressure increased in zero gravity? 18. Do injuries heal quicker in zero gravity?
Information about the upcoming ARISS contacts can be found at http://www.ariss.org/upcoming.htm#NextContact.
Next planned event(s):
1. Euro Space Center, Night of Stars, Transinne, Belgium
Thu 13 August 09 19:59 UTC
ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the participating space agencies, NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, CNES, JAXA, and CSA, with the AMSAT and IARU organizations from participating countries.
ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers on-board the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see, first hand, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS can energize youngsters' interest in science, technology, and learning. Further information on the ARISS program is available on the website http://www.ariss.org/ (graciously hosted by the Radio Amateurs of Canada).
Thank you & 73,
David - AA4KN